Marathon training season is upon us. As people gear up for fall races, some of us are getting ready to give up our marathon V-card. Here are some tips to get you race ready!
Hit the road. We’re in it for the long run.
My 10 tips for a first time marathoner:
- Nothing new on race day. Try clothes, shoes, pacing, and nutrition on your training runs.
- Mind over miles. 80% of the battle to the finish is mental. Visualize your success. Trust, this works. Courage is a muscle with exercising!
- Trust the training. It works. Really. See below for awesome online plans.
- Don’t skip long runs. Missing a short run here and there to recover or because you got too drunk the night before is ok. But, long runs are essential to getting your body used to performing when it’s tired.
- Listen to your body. I’m all about pushing your limits, but listen to your body so you can tell when you need to pull back. There’s impending injury and then there’s being a wuss.
- Leave the iPod at home. Music can be a great motivation, but do some runs without music to learn how to listen to your breath. Learn your natural cadence.
- Put your name on your shirt. Race day crowds during a marathon can make a race. Let them sing your praises.
- Get the right shoes. Kicks that worked for a 5K might not work for marathon training. Get a gait analysis at your local running store to make sure you’re in the right shoes.
- Chafing sucks. Use some type of lube (like Body Glide) over any parts of your body that might chafe. This means thighs, arms, feet, and for guys-nipples.
- Roll out. Keep your muscles limber. I swear by yoga and a foam roller. 10-minutes-a-day can keep injury away.
Check out these online training programs for beginning marathoners and get the steppin’.